Recruiters weather the storm despite devastation by Doris

Storm Doris

UK recruiters have largely weathered the storm, with both consultants and candidates turning up for appointments in the wake of Storm Doris.

As Storm Doris wrought havoc across the country, causing travel chaos for commuters, agencies operating across the UK appear to have emerged largely unscathed.

Jackie Frost, director at Rural Recruitment East Anglia, told Recruiter she benefitted from the fact that she works from home.

“I only had one meeting yesterday, which I managed to get to. The roads were good.

“I do believe it has been difficult for other staff trying to get in. I deal with staffing country households, which are in the middle of nowhere. People have been blocked off and took it longer to get in. Some of the grooms I have placed have had shelters blow over in fields and trees fall down in front of them.”

Meanwhile, Tony Hooper, consultant at Lanarkshire-based Aspirare Recruitment, told Recruiter the agency had not suffered too much during Storm Doris.

“Yesterday, we weren’t too disheartened by the weather because it wasn’t as bad as it was in other areas.

“All of the recruiters made it into work. The traffic was really bad but other than that we were okay and made it in no problem.”

And according to Laura Smith, director at North Wales-based Nation Recruit, candidates braved the windy and wet conditions to turn up for registrations.

“We still had people turning up for registration interviews. All the consultants made it in. Nobody left early. We didn’t have any power outages. We only had one person who didn’t turn up for registration because a roof had blown off their stables.”

But not everyone was so lucky. Preston-based recruiter Populo Consulting tweeted that it had taken them more than 24 hours to get home from last night’s Best Companies to Work for celebrations, only just passing Crewe on their route back via Northampton.